Monday, January 30, 2012

Bead Soup - the BEADS!!

Thought while I was working away, you might like a peek at the beads I sent and received for the blog party! First up the Focal and Clasp I sent to Courtney...she beat me to it and has them posted on her blog too!...

including the ingredients I sent for her to play with.

Bead Soup -

Now the awesome stash she sent for me to play with!

The Focals
Bead Soup -

The Stash.
Bead Soup-

While I was pulling together the boards I thought I was going to go with the Scarab. I've made a couple Egyptian inspired pieces and I could really expand on those ideas. But.......the idea was to challenge yourself and be inspired, to inspire. The Sand Dollar inspiration board was truly inspiring to me! As I pulled the beads together for that board I had visions of treasure chests and mermaid bounties, I was captivated by the exotic richness of color! I had to restrain myself and not throw every bead I have that would work in here. Courtney sent great bones and I was so caught up and having so much fun pulling beads, my daughter was laughing at my exuberance and teasing that she couldn't even see the focal anymore - let alone the keyboard! So the Sand Dollar Focal wins out!

the mix

On to sketches and pulling it all together!
Til next time!

Friday, January 27, 2012

What's on the Desk.......

.......Bead Soup is on the Desk!

So the beads arrived and like a kid I couldn't wait to get started! Courtney was so awesome and sent a couple different focals for me to play with and I immediately set up Pinterest boards to act as Mood boards or inspiration boards based on those focals. This is a fun process for me and I do it for pieces I consider special or have a high level of inspiration and don't want to get swept away by the flood of alternatives that pop up as I work. With inspiration boards I keep focussed and the alternatives get quick sketches for exploring later. For Alex's date's beaded corsage I had Stargazer Lily bouquets, scroll work, and baby's breath on the board. For Gimme the Peacock it was several angles and close ups of Peacock tails. The difference between those boards and the ones I'm putting together now were that I knew what I wanted to do and wanted reference points. These are visual word associations and wow!! I love what I'm pulling together, really love it! I don't yet have final designs worked up but I definitely have the general direction I want them to go.

Egyptian Scarab Board:

Source: via Dana on Pinterest

Sand Dollar Board:

Source: via Dana on Pinterest

Next step - pulling the beads together and then down to work with pencil and sketchpad :)
"Til next time!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bead Soup!!

Oh my! I'm like a kid at Christmas! The goodies I sent arrived safe and sound and my Christmas er.... goody package arrived today too! I'm so excited the ideas are already starting to perk. I think I'll create a couple boards on Pinterest and Pin some inspiration as the ideas start taking form. My blog buddy is so awesome, she sent enough to let me take this in any number of ways!

I'll get pics posted of what I sent and what I got and start putting together my Pin boards asap! This is going to be so much fun!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy New Year!

I'm so sorry I totally slacked off the last couple of weeks - but I really needed a little destress and down time. Think it worked too as I am starting to feel energized again! Those blue skies today probably didn't hurt any either!!

I got an invitation to join the Bead Soup Blog Party over on Lori Anderson's blog. I love swaps! They are a blast! You never really know what you're going to get, it's like Christmas all over again :) I had about a 50/50 shot at getting in, the blog hop has gotten really really popular and there's a cap of 200. But I got in! I've sent a quick hello to my blog buddy and I'll just wait to hear back and then we can exchange addy's.

Bead Soup Blog Party

What's on the Desk: The Dragon's Eye Ring is almost finished, I revamped a necklace, made two jewelry busts - because sometimes an upright position really is the best option :), and I have several designs being worked up in my head and the sketchbook!! But FIRST! The hubs can't seem to find his hat I knit for him before we got married (a loooong time ago lol) and he's asked me to knit him a new one. He has another (a gift from one of the ready mix outfits) but it doesn't keep his ears warm like mine did. It's about half way made now. But boy did my shoulders knot up just as quick as I cast on! I think they were afraid I was settling in for another marathon session o_O

Oh I nearly forgot! I have been wanting to make a Look Book. Something I can load up with the pics of what I've made, what I have currently available and what has sold. I popped into Hobby Lobby and just about fell over at their prices! My daughter had a few things she wanted to get at Wal Mart so I tagged along - GC in hand. Found a nice purse sized album for $5 WITH lined space on the side, perfect for descriptions and prices! Then I picked up some really pretty scrap book paper, I don't scrap book but I loved the paper and it does look very nice around a photo. I also picked up some clear templates for cutting those papers and photos to size. I hate to say it, but I do have 8 yrs of photos waiting to be put in albums, so this my be another crafty topic for discussing on occasion. OK probably will become another topic lol

I've also been working on my goals for the upcoming year and thinking about the best course of action in achieving those goals. As I've been working on them I was overcome by the feeling that it's going to be a Wonderful Year! I hope it is for you too! Happy New Year!